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Rockies, Adam Ottavino avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Rockies have avoided arbitration with pitcher Adam Ottavino, according to MLB.com.

Ottavino agreed to a one-year deal with the club. Ottavino will make $1.3 million next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 29-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA over 65 innings last year.

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Astros looking at pitcher Kevin Correia
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Astros are looking to add pitcher Kevin Correia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Houston is said to be seeking a backend starter, and Correia fits the bill. The 34-year-old posted a 5.44 ERA over 154 innings with the Twins and Dodgers last year. 

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Mariners bring back Franklin Gutierrez on a minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Mariners have signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a minor-league deal, according to the Seattle Times

Gutierrez spent all of last season on the restricted list due to gastrointestinal issues. The two sides were rumored to be discussing a reunion, and officially made the deal happen on Monday. Gutierrez, 31, hit .248/.273/.503 over 145 at-bats back in 2013. 

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Angels hopeful Garrett Richards will be ready for opening day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Angels are hopeful that pitcher Garrett Richards will be ready by opening day, according to the Orange County Register

If Richards isn't ready for the start of the season, the team expects him to be back shortly after that. Richards had knee surgery in August, but he's been able to make progress. General manager Jerry DiPoto said he was "optimistic" about Richards' status. Richards has been able to increase his running on a treadmill, and hasn't experienced any issues with his throwing program, according to DiPoto. Richards is currently throwing from 125 to 150 feet about five times per week.

Richards posted a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings last year.

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Blue Jays retain President and CEO Paul Beeston for 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays have reached an extension with their President and CEO Paul Beeston, the team announced.

The deal will take Beeston through the 2015 season. Beeston plans to retire at the end of the season. The team had reportedly been in pursuit of Orioles Vice President Dan Duquette, but neither side could agree on the right amount of compensation in a possible deal. 

The team said it will not discuss the process or timing behind finding a replacement for Beeston.

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Orioles' Matt Wieters throwing from 150 feet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has begun throwing from 150 feet, according to MASN.

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery last season, and is working his way back from the surgery. He was cleared to start throwing from 150 feet on Monday. Wieters had previously been throwing from 120 feet. He said he's preparing as if he'll be ready for opening day.

Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats last year.

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Orioles bring in Parmelee, De La Rosa on minor-league deals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have signed outfielder Chris Parmelee and pitcher Dane De La Rosa on minor-league deals, according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old Parmelee spent his first four seasons in Minnesota before becoming a free-agent during the offseason. Parmelee hit .256/.307/.384 over 250 at-bats last year.

De La Rosa, 31, pitched just 2 1/3 innings with the Angels last season. He had knee surgery in September.

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White Sox's Gillaspie could end up in platoon at 3B with Bonifacio
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Conor Gillaspie has spent the last two seasons as the White Sox's primary third baseman, but he could be looking at a platoon role in 2015, especially with the addition of infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio

Gillaspie has not done very well in his career against lefties, batting .194. Bonifacio, on the other hand, has done well against lefties in his career, batting .291.

"It makes no difference to me. I'll take on whatever role you want me to take on," Gillaspie said, per MLB.com. "It's no secret, you're going to get from me every day what you see, and I would think that would be beneficial to any club. I'm happy with whatever role they put me in, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes."

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Red Sox's Kelly on Allen Craig: 'He's going to be awesome' in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

By the way Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly is talking up teammate Allen Craig, it sounds as though no one should sleep on the 30-year-old slugger, who had a poor 2014 season at the plate. Kelly and Craig were teammates with the Cardinals before being part of the same trade at last year's deadline that sent John Lackey to St. Louis.

“He’s going to be awesome,” Kelly said, per ESPN. “He carried our team -- the Cardinals -- for multiple years. He was the best hitter on our team, hands down. We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent. 

“I’ve seen him in the offseason. We live 40 miles away from each other and I’ve seen him a couple times. Him being healthy, he’s grinding, he’s hitting. It’s definitely going to be fun to watch, and I hope that he gets the amount of playing time that he deserves because he’s going to come up here and dominate.” 

Craig has been struggling since suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot in September 2013. However, he is even expressing optimism heading into the 2015 season. The Red Sox just have to find at-bats for him in a crowded lineup.

“I can’t reiterate enough that I feel really good physically,” Craig said. “I’ve had time to lift and just get ready physically and work on some things mechanically and this and that. It’s been good.

“My foot injury definitely impacted my preparation for last year. My foot felt good obviously for the majority of the season. I think it just impacted some leg strength and this and that. You can talk about it all day but the bottom line is I’ve had time this offseason to feel good and get stronger and actually build toward something for this season.” 

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Report: Braves sign catcher John Buck to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Braves have signed veteran catcher John Buck to a minor-league contract, which includes an invite to spring training, per MLB.com. Buck will be targeted to begin the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Buck is an 11-year MLB veteran. He spent the 2014 season with the Mariners and Angels. He is a career .234 hitter with 134 home runs in 1,090 games.

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